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COVID-19: Ogun Closes Borders

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Ogun State has closed all its borders with neighbouring states and the international border with the Republic of Benin .

Governor, Dapo Abiodun
Daud Olatunji , Abeokuta
Ogun State Government made the announcement on Saturday while giving updates about measures taken to prevent coronavirus in the state.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor , Kunle Somorin , said the border closure would be in force for two weeks in the first instance and would take effect Sunday , 29th March 2020 .

The statement read, “ With this restriction order , movement in and out of the state has been banned as a further measure to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
“ The state is constrained to effect border closure in order to stem and flatten the curve of the spread of the dreaded coronavirus ( COVID -19 ) pandemic, not only in the state but in the country and in the West African sub -region .

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“The position of Ogun State is peculiar . It not only shares an international border with the Republic of Benin , but it also does so with all other states in the South West ( except Ekiti) , including Lagos State , which has understandably recorded the highest number of infections in the country largely because it hosts the busiest air and seaports and it ’s the nation ’s economic capital.

“ The border closure will not only be beneficial to Ogun State but the national efforts to curtail and contain the virus . Lessons from other climes strongly indicate that closure of borders has the potential to drastically flatten the curve of spread whilst unrestricted movement portends grave dangers .”

Those exempted form the interstate restrictions include vehicles conveying personnel involved in essential services such as security agencies, health workers , food and medical items and petroleum products .

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